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Easter Eggs (1907)

Les oeufs de Pâques (original title)
A woman appears on a stage and conjures up several large eggs. When each egg is opened a dancing midget or midgets is revealed to be inside, and in turn each midget does a brief dance. To end the act the woman turns the eggs into babies.

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Director: Segundo de Chomón
Stars: Julienne Mathieu
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A woman appears on a stage and conjures up several large eggs. When each egg is opened a dancing midget or midgets is revealed to be inside, and in turn each midget does a brief dance. To end the act the woman turns the eggs into babies.

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Ideas inspired by Méliès
19 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

A couple of Spanish filmmaker Segundo de Chomón's films contained elements which were previously used by his competitor, Georges Méliès, in many earlier films, but were used for a different effect. Having seen all of Méliès's available output, I should know what I'm talking about. Here, Chomón borrows the legendary french filmmaker's ideas of dancing midgets appearing in place of eggs (which had been used in Méliès's "The Dancing Midget" from 1902). The midgets do dance here, but instead of the egg exploding to reveal the midget, the magician (Julienne Mathieu, Chomón's wife) opens up the eggs and the dancers come out. Essentially, this idea is much better then what Méliès did.

As many of Chomón's work is, this film survives colored and looks pretty good. It is kinda repetitive but the dances were interesting to watch. The superimposition work is excellent and isn't shakey one bit--whenever Méliès did superimposing in his films, the superimposed bit of film would shake a lot. Since there's none of that here the effect makes the film very believable to watch. So, all in all, fans of Méliès or early trick films in general would find this worthwhile. It accomplishes its goal well.

(Note: A year later in 1908, Chomón did a film called "Microscopic Dancer" which also starred Julienne Mathieu and, from the title, I'm guessing it was a complete ripoff of the 1902 film, although it appears to be lost).


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